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The dog behind the wheel did not look happy. “He ain’t, and neither am I,” Kilgore Police Officer Josh Vercher told his chief. At the very least, when he’d picked up a bag of beef jerky for an on-patrol protein boost Saturday night, Vercher wasn’t planning on sharing it with a pit bull. He certainly hadn’t expected to share the driver’s seat in his cruiser June 15.

Far from the disastrous dives of The Great Recession, decreases in the City of Kilgore’s monthly sales tax allocations aren’t ringing alarm bells at City Hall. Rather, they’re an indication the community is back on par with where its sales tax revenues should be, Kilgore City Manager Josh Selleck said; even in a healthy economy the checks from the state won’t continually show increases year-to-year.